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Wanstead resident assaulted when six men broke into their home

PUBLISHED: 12:51 06 February 2018 | UPDATED: 12:51 06 February 2018

The suspects stole a quantity of  jewellery. Picture: Ken Mears

The suspects stole a quantity of jewellery. Picture: Ken Mears

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Six men broke into a Wanstead house and assaulted one of the residents yesterday (February 5).

Elderly occupants were eating dinner at their home on Seagry Road when the suspects burst through their kitchen door at 9.28pm.

One of the burglars threatened the resident with their own kitchen knife but all the suspects fled the scene before police arrival.

The intruders are believed to have gained access via a garden fence and a back door of the property.

The men conducted an untidy search of the house and took a quantity of jewellery.

A Met Police spokeswoman said: “There have been a few burglaries in the area, whereby suspects are gaining access to properties through the rear gardens of the property.

“There is also a pattern of theft of Asian gold.

“With the newly formed East Area Burglary and Robbery Team, we are dedicated to bringing offenders to justice. “The team tirelessly investigate these offences and have seen great results so far, since its formation.”

The officer advised residents to follow crime prevention to increase house security.

“Hide your valuables in places that are not obvious, or better still get yourself a safe for your valuables,” she added.

“Lock and double lock all doors and windows.

“Most burglaries happen during weekdays when occupants are at work -If you can leave a radio on to make it appear as though someone is in.

“Protect your garden by placing trellis or spikey shrubs on walls to make it harder for burglars to climb over.”

The spokeswoman said that the harder residents make it for burglars the less desirable the property is.

For more crime prevention tips visit met.police.uk.


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